[Marxism] The Arab Uprisings and the Priorities of the Left

Manuel Barrera mtomas3 at hotmail.com
Wed Jul 20 13:03:23 MDT 2011

I'd be interested in commentary on this post from Wahib Malouf  http://www.jadaliyya.com/pages/index/2171/the-arab-uprisings-and-the-priorities-of-the-left
"But the current Arab uprisings also demonstrated the firm connection between freedom and equality, as the popular classes played a basic role in the call for the downfall of the authoritarian regimes in Tunisia and Egypt. 

In fact, there is a need to re-connect political freedom to social justice and equality. For without the unification between these two values, the current Arab uprisings may prove no more able than the previous authoritarian regimes in responding to the explosive social issues and tensions, including widespread unemployment, poverty and illiteracy, in addition to the generalized sense, among the Arab youth, of frustrated productive and expressive capacities. All this requires, as Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri rightly notice, “a radical constitutional response” that “must invent a common plan to manage natural resources and social production. And both men continue: “This is a threshold through which neoliberalism cannot pass and capitalism is put to question”.

Hence, the priority for any renewed and catalytic role for the Left in the Arab world must be struggling for political freedoms that will allow the demands of social justice to find their best possible expressions, that is safeguarding the process of (political and legal) democratic change through enhancing it with its social content."


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